NEJS Profiles

Within the broad realm of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, our graduate students, alumni, and faculty share diverse backgrounds and delve deep into historical and cultural research.  Read more about them! 


Spring 2016 courses

Course Brochure
Printable Brochure, 3 pages (pdf)

Hebrew Placement Testing

If you are unsure which level of Hebrew to take, please go to the Hebrew exam link here and follow the directions. Disregard the due date. Just email it to Sara Hascal as soon as possible.  Or drop it off with Irina Astashkevich in ASAC 324.


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Welcome to NEJS

Welcome to NEJS

We, as faculty members of the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, stand in support of the spirit of activism and goals of the #FordHall2015. The idea of inclusivity has been a pillar of Brandeis since its founding even as its realization has remained elusive.  The Concerned Students have acted with courage and caused us to reflect further upon the state of racial affairs at the university.  We are committed to hearing the thoughts of these students and working with them, other student groups, and the administration toward the shared goal of confronting racism and eradicating it from the Brandeis campus and our world more generally.  We call upon the senior administration and the Board of Trustees to treat this issue with the utmost seriousness and to continue efforts to make Brandeis a beacon of inclusivity and justice.   “Justice, justice shall you pursue.” (Deuteronomy 16:20)


The Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (NEJS) bears a proud tradition of scholarly excellence in the fields that it embraces:

  • The study of the Jewish people, including their history, religion, literature and place in civilization.
  • The history, languages and culture of the Bible and ancient Near East.
  • Arabic and Islamic Civilizations.

The department offers a variety of degrees at the undergraduate (major and minor), master's (independent and jointly with other programs), and doctoral levels.